HUMPin’ On

Hello friends! Does it feel like fall? Ever had back-to-back sibling reunions, two weekends in a row? Does life get any better than this?

Yes, it can.

This week I had the great experience of a writerly lunch at a hot spot in Kenosha, Wisconsin. If you closed your eyes, you could imagine the Algonquin, Dottie Parker waxing acerbic comments from a dark, smoky corner. One of the things my buddy and I are thrilled about is how many of our friends are publishing first books of poetry, prose, novels. It seems sudden, as if we are all jumping off the platform together. Needless to say, the world continues to spin, gold medals or not:

1) The last (tentatively) issue of Thunderclap! Magazine is now available with some amazing writers: Gloria Mindock, Darryl Price and many others: http://thunderclappress.com/2012/08/13/thunderclap-magazine-issue-9-so-long/

2) Sheldon Compton is this week’s Fictionaut Five: http://fictionaut.com/blog/2012/08/15/fictionaut-five-sheldon-lee-compton/

3) The new A5 series at Short, Fast, and Deadly includes chaps from Meg Tuite and Eryk Wezniak, among others: http://www.deadlychaps.com/titles.html

4) Summer MiCrow is out with writing from Nicollete Wong, Linda Simoni-Wastila, Len Kuntz, Dorothee Lang and many more: http://www.fullofcrow.com/contentfiles/MICROW7Summer2012.pdf

5) Jason Sanford announces the winners of the 2012 storySouth Million Writers Awards. Congrats xTx, I knew you would win: http://www.jasonsanford.com/jason/2012/08/winners-of-the-2012-storysouth-million-writers-award.html

6) Alex Pruteanu reminds us of how he feels he got started with his PANK story, “May Day” (a treat to listen to his reading, too!): http://www.pankmagazine.com/may-day/

7) Meg Tuite pulls out another amazing Exquisite Quartet, including writers Deborah Henry, Erin Zulkowski and Clifford Garstang: http://usedfurniturereview.com/2012/08/14/suburban-happy-hour-by-meg-tuites-exquisite-quartet/

8) Brad Listi does Steve Roggenbuck in his Episode 96 at Other People: http://otherpeoplepod.com/archives/1039

9) The new Dogzplot is out: http://dogzplot.blogspot.com/

10) Marcus Speh reveals plans for his debut collection of short fiction at his relatively new, stunning blog: http://marcusspeh.com/.

11) Christopher Allen shares his wondrously unique travel story at I Must Be Off: http://www.imustbeoff.com/2012/08/a-strandkorb-on-baltic-sea.html

One of my favorite indy bookstores, Adobe Books in San Francisco, is going out of business at the end of this month. Good-bye, Adobe, and thanks for being the store I purchased every single edition of Anais Nin’s Diaries. Here is the article about Adobe, and more indies in that lovely city by the sea: Book Ends – The Bold Italic – San Francisco

And that is all for now. Get out and enjoy the day!

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About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, writer, editor, and workshop leader, his poems and fiction are widely published in print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Connotation Press, Metazen, Thrice, Literary Orphans and Housefire. He is Senior Flash editor at JMWW and Lost in Thought magazines and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing. He is a six times Pushcart Prize Nominee and his fiction and poetry have won awards, including a Micro-Fiction runner-up (2012) and twice a finalist in the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award (2013-14). His collections are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps): Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms) and RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press).
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11 Responses to HUMPin’ On

  1. Alice says:

    This site rocks! Every single week it has great reading, and thanks for making it happen.

  2. JR Price says:

    Robert never ceases to inspire us! Week after week.

  3. Beverly Coats says:

    This is my fave site for the latest and greatest links. Thanks, RV!

  4. Theo says:

    The mention of other blogs to read is a nice addition, Robert. Again, thanks for all you do for other writers.

  5. Don Williams says:

    You are such a kind and generous spirit, Robert! I wish everyone was like you.

  6. Andrea says:

    Congrats on all fronts and Happy Reunions! Also, thanks again for a fabulous Hump Day Extravaganza. xoxo

  7. Lucinda says:

    You are a force of nature and I admire your verve.

  8. Troy says:

    I loved Adobe Books also. It’s where I purchased so many gems over the years. So sad to think it won’t be on 16th Street anymore.

  9. Sandy Shields says:

    You are my aspiration, I have few blogs that I read and occasionally comment on them. “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” E. B. White.

  10. Emily Bertholf says:

    How you keep up with this all, and do all you do amazes me. You are the Mozart of flash and poetry. I also envy and admire you your complete collection of Anais Nin’s Diaries…. I only have one edition so far myself. Keep writing and inspiring, Robert!

  11. Emmy Cly says:

    This is my first time visit to your blog and I am truly impressed to read all the material at single place. Thanks!

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